Thursday, August 4, 2016

Germany gains 41st UNESCO World Heritage Site - Le Corbusier houses in Stuttgart

From a media release:

Germany gains 41st UNESCO World Heritage Site
UNESCO title for Le Corbusier houses in Stuttgart

Toronto, August 4, 2016 – On July 17, 2016, the two Le Corbusier houses at the Weissenhof Estate in the Southern German city of Stuttgart were designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, making it the first World Heritage Site for Stuttgart and the 41st for Germany.
Stuttgart, Wei├čenhofsiedlung, Haus Le Corbusier Photo: Andreas Praefcke
As part of a transnational joint application, Stuttgart and destinations in seven other countries applied to have 17 of Le Corbusier’s buildings listed due to the architect's outstanding contribution to Modernism. The two Stuttgart houses are the Swiss architect’s only buildings in Germany and include
Stairway, Le Corbusier house Stuttgart
the Weissenhof Museum, which illustrates the radical change in architecture around the time of the Second World War as well as Le Corbusier’s visionary thinking.

Known as Houses 14 and 15, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret designed the two-family building in 1927. It is one of the earliest examples that follow the so-called "Five Points of a New Architecture".

The striking white building is located in a suburb of Stuttgart in the Weissenhof-Siedlung (Weissenhof Estate), an experimental housing development and exposition of Modern architecture.

Germany’s other 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites include the majestic Cologne Cathedral, the expansive Wadden Sea habitat, Classical Weimar and Regensburg’s charming Old Town. They can be explored on eight different themed routes, from natural wonders to architecture to palaces and parks.
Roof, Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart, Germany by Le Corbusier
Images of stairway and roof of the Weissenhof Estate, Stuttgart by Runner1928


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